Nov 29, 2012 1:00pm PST
confusing? we asked senate majority leader harry reid. where's the disconnect? >> i don't understand his brain. so you should ask him, okay. >> from capitol hill to the white house, democrats say the major hurdle remains, the tax issue, whether republicans will agree not just to revenue but to raising tax rates. republicans as you will not be surprised have made clear so far that is a no-go. so what's next? well, a top republican aide told me they look forward to hearing from the white house. a top democratic aide saying, our door is open. read that, wolf, as a standstill. >> they've waited a few weeks before all these bad things are about to happen. >> that is absolutely correct. and they need to get moving absolutely if they want to beat their deadline. you know washington, you know capitol hill. they love a deadline. the real deadline is january 1st or december 31st, the end of the day. and miracles can happen on capitol hill when they get very close to a deadline. still, they need to get moving. >> a lotd of folks may be canceling their christmas vacation plans. and members of co
Nov 27, 2012 1:00pm PST
wolf, just moments ago, the senate majority leader harry reid released a statement, very, very direct and pretty critical of those republican senators who were critical of susan rice. really defending susan rice, and he was talking about the republican senators saying the election is over. it's time to drop these partisan political games and focus on the real challenges facing the nation. he said that these attacks on susan rice are unfounded and they don't jive with reality. i can tell you that senator joe lieberman who is the chairman of the homeland security committee came out of a separate meeting with rice and said he he found her answers satisfying and he would vote for her for secretary of state if he was voting. >> thanks very much, dana bash. with that looming on capitol hill, the looming battle over the so-called fiscal cliff. >> there's a lot going on. a lot of battles going on. specifically on capitol hill, that's for sure. lawmakers have just 35 days to reach a debt reduction deal. otherwise, huge spending cuts and steep tax hikes will automatically take effect and
Nov 26, 2012 1:00pm PST
washington. the white house says the president did speak with speaker boehner and senator reid over the weekend to touch base on this very issue. as one republican aide put it to cnn, the fact that they are still talking is progress. but a democratic aide said they don't have staff had you hadling in a room going over spreadsheets which is where they need to get to hammer out a deal. what they're doing now is they're at the dancing stage of this negotiation. >> a lot of folks are saying it's not the republicans in the senate so much will be the problem for the obama administration, but republicans in the house of representatives, especially those from the tea party movement and others will be a serious problem. >> what was an important group of republicans during the debt ceiling debate while this election has changed the arithmet arithmet arithmetic, republicans in the house will be key to this negotiation. the two men that need to hammer out this deal, just like it was over the summer, is still president obama and spooeseaker boehner. >> i don't think there's any doubt the president w
Nov 23, 2012 1:00pm PST
boehner and of course majority leader harry reid. it's time to put aside all of these election year gripes and start focusing on how we get the american people back on their feet, healthy, strong and back to work. >> i hate to keep talking about the last election because, you know, we've got to look ahead. nonetheless, there's some very interesting little nuggets out there including one about the fashion line, if you will, that was put out by the obama campaign as a fund raising tool. now, jim messina, the campaign manager, said this, the obama fashion line ended upbringing him just north of $40 million, raise money, register voters, persuade voters, everything has to feed into those three things. now, a lot of people laughed about this, you know -- there you go. look at that. these are things from vera wang, marc jacobs, and it was something of a joke. but $40 million, who's laughing now? what do you think, is this a new tactic for campaigns to use in the future? >> absolutely. look, if you can raise north of $40 million putting a logo on a t-shirt or pocketbook or purse, why not?